Cleveland is... built on partnerships
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the annual meeting of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association at Quicken Loans Arena. I found myself in good company with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson (a three-time CSU alumnus!) and other distinguished civic leaders. The invitation came with a challenging twist, however. Each of us at the head table was required to stand, introduce ourselves and complete, briefly, this prompt: "Cleveland is..."
No one put it more succinctly than the mayor, who declared: "Cleveland is a great city!"
How would you have responded? How would you begin to sum up CSU's hometown?
I believe Cleveland is more than the sum of its many parts. At CSU, we are actively engaging Northeast Ohio's other anchor institutions and creating robust partnerships that will renew the entire metropolitan area with enduring competitiveness and long-term vitality.
Here are some examples of exciting new initiatives:
- This fall, 150 juniors and seniors from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District's
MC2STEM High School – which has received national attention for its groundbreaking curriculum focused on STEM disciplines – will move into a new home in Rhodes Tower West on the CSU campus. Funded with a $1.25 million grant from the KeyBank Foundation, the MC2STEM facilities at CSU will include renovated classrooms and a state-of-the-art fabrication laboratory where students will be able to create three-dimensional objects based on their own designs. The Cleveland Metropolitan School District is also CSU's partner in our successful Campus International School for grades K-5. Together, we're creating a continuum of learning for local students.
- In July, CSU celebrated the grand opening of our new Parker Hannifin Motion and Control Lab in the Fenn College of Engineering, which was heralded with a front-page feature in Cleveland's Plain Dealer newspaper. In this cutting-edge facility, Dr. Antonie van den Bogert, the Parker Hannifin Endowed Chair in Motion and Control at CSU, is leading research to advance "smart" prosthetics and computerized "exoskeletons" with the potential for helping paralyzed people and others who need assistive technology. Our partners at Parker Hannifin, the Cleveland-based global leader in motion and control technologies, have pledged $1.5 million for the endowed professorship and research into human motion and control at CSU. Additionally, Parker Hannifin has awarded $400,000 to CSU for a research fellowship program to support graduate students who are pursuing research-based doctoral degrees in the field of human motion and control, as well as in related areas.
- In June, CSU hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Huntington Bank's new full-service branch in CSU's Main Classroom Building. CSU and Huntington have entered into an exclusive 10-year partnership that provides more than $1 million for scholarships, paid Huntington internships and academic programming through an expanded banking program that Huntington will offer as "The Official Bank of Cleveland State University." I am especially pleased that this dynamic partnership will deliver a financial literacy program to provide CSU students with practical advice on how to build and sustain a strong financial foundation.
In conjunction with the opening of Huntington's new branch on campus, a fascinating collection of historic checks was on display at CSU. You can read more about the exhibit below, along with a profile of Dr. Deirdre Mageean, CSU's new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, as well as other engaging stories from the home of Engaged Learning.
Fall semester begins Saturday, August 24. Get ready for another exciting year at Cleveland State University – and enjoy the rest of your summer!
Ronald M. Berkman
Cleveland State University